Communist couple Benito and Wilma Tiamzon were allegedly arrested by the International Police (Interpol) in Oslo, according to website metro-uk.com.
The story was even shared by Facebook fan page “Atty. Rody R. Duterte Supporter.”
Metro-uk.com claimed that the Tiamzons were arrested in their hideout in Oslo, Norway after President Rodrigo Duterte signaled Interpol to nab the couple. However, it is still unclear whether the couple will be brought back to the Philippines for their trial.
The article also quoted PNP chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa on President Duterte’s orders about arresting several communist leaders, which was an exact copy from the Inquirer report “Police set to arrest Tiamzon couple, NDF consultants.”
“The President has given orders to arrest upon entry into the Philippine soil the following: Wilma Tiamzon, Benito Tiamzon, Vic Ladlad, Adelberto Silva, Alfonso Jasmines, Alfredo Mapano, Loida Magpatoc, Pedro Codaste, Ruben Soluta, Ernesto Lorenzo, Porferio Tuna, Reynante Gamara and Tirso Alcantara,” Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa told reporters at Camp Crame in an ambush interview on Monday.
What isn’t true, though, is the claim that the Tiamzons were arrested. According to an Inquirer report, NDFP consultant Randy Malayao said that the story is “fake news,” adding that the couple even attended a forum at UP Diliman on February 4, before Dela Rosa confirmed President Duterte’s order of their re-arrest on Monday, February 6.
The Tiamzons and 11 other peace consultants are being hunted for arrest after Duterte suspended peace negotiations with the NDFP and withdrew the recognition of the Joint Agreement on Safety and Immunity Guarantees (JASIG), which gave rebels protection from being arrested throughout the peace negotiations.
The NDFP has slammed the arrest order, saying that it halted the chance to resolve the conflict in a peaceful way.
Moreover, the source of the report, metro-uk.com, has published several fake articles in the past. We busted them already, including the stories about Senator Leila De Lima pushing for social media ban in the Philippines, John Gokongwei buying Duterte a bulletproof car, the UK adding Duterte to its high school syllabus, and more.
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